Changes in life have challenges, and challenges can be conquered
I have been doing a bit of research about the meaning of Challenges, and I came across over a 100 different theories from people. Most of the theories had nothing to do with disabilities, and that is a good thing. Because that tells us that, we are all equal to one another. Disability or no disability. We do all have challenges. Some of us more, some of us less.
I break down my challenges into two categories. 1) Challenges that I must figure out, and sometimes it takes time and practice and 2) Challenges that may seem like challenges, end up coming to me naturally. Often, I do things without even thinking about. It is like a person picking up a coffee cup off a table. They do it with out thinking. I am the same way. We all have limitations and we know what they are. I am the same way. If you look at the above picture, you will see me lifting a bail of hay. I do not stand there and say to myself. Can I or can I not? I just pick up the bail of hay. If I realize that it is way to heavy. Then I found my limits.
I feel that sometimes people think things through to much. Just do it, and your mine will tell you your limits.
I once had a sporting coach try visualisation on me. It was supposed to improve my game but I was so bored and fortunately my eyes were closed so she didn't see me rolling them!
Yes, my game improved but only through training really effing hard, rather than sitting still and visualising it.
BUT during that first year in hospital, after I retained a little movement in my upper body, my legs still wouldn't budge. I couldn't even wiggle a toe.
It was so frustrating, especially since I had been so active. I stared at them for months, waiting for something to move but nothing happened.
I grew increasingly anxious and desperate for SOMETHIND else to try - then I remembered visualisation. It hadn't worked before, but I was willing to do almost anything!
I asked dad to stand at the end of my hospital bed then I closed my eyes and visualised moving my foot (previously that was impossible). "It's moving a little bit," he said. I opened my eyes to see for myself but all movement stopped immediately.
I did this several more times, closing my eyes and put all my energy into imagining my foot moving - and hey presto!
But that was only my foot and I still had 2 legs (pre-amputations) that wouldn't move so I applied the same visualisation techniques to them.
Finally, after lots of failure, I could raise each leg about half an inch from the mattress. It was only a small win, but it was still a win!
These days, my movement is independent but I'm still sceptical about visualisation when it comes to things like a new home, car or money. I've always believed strongly in the power of the mind and my experiences have only strengthened this belief.
But YOU don't need a #braininjury to maximise the power of YOUR mind. There are so many little things you CAN do, even on the days life feels out of control. I try to post about them on here sometimes.
Have you had experiences with visualisation?
Hope you all have a glorious day xxLisa Cox
The only time you should ever look back, is to see how far you have come.
I'm a believer in changing myself and overcoming challenges by doing things I've never done before.
When I see endless blue sky's, I see endless dreams's and opportunities.
I do not have a disability. I have challenges just like everyone else.
Our abilities or inabilities, we all have challenges
I do not see myself as a professional photographer. I see myself as a amateur photographer. Because I am learning something new every day. Just like life.
Taking little steps is better then taking no steps at all.
Todays accomplishments were little. But they were still accomplished.
Setting goals for the day. Does not matter how small they are, there still goals
If you surround yourself with lots of positive people, there will be no room for negative ones
Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not cliches but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.
Sometimes in life, when were working on a goal, we get interrupted. But that is ok. It gives us time to rethink things
Sometimes we must remind our selves. Goals do not always happen over night, they take time. But at the end the goal is fulfilled
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.
If every person who complains about their problems could come from all corners of the earth, and take and pile their problems in a heap, and if each person could see the size, and gravity of the problems of others, they would sneak forward shame facedly and take their petty problems away, and creep into the night.